PC Card = Wireless Card? (Totally lost...)

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  1. sonnyrizo

    sonnyrizo Registered Member

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    My brother found a 3Com Fast Ethernet 10/100 Base-TX PC Card at his workplace, with no manuals or anything. Recently, I bought a Dell Inspiron 1200 with no wireless card, and I am trying to figure out if this PC card he found is of any use to me.

    I was thinking of buying a wireless card (I don't know the proper industry name) so I could use my notebook wirelessly just as he does. I'd like to know if this PC card can help me accomplish this.

    To be honest, I don't know the difference between NIC (Network Interface Cards) and wireless cards. I popped this PC card into my notebook, and XP detected it. However, I dont know where to go from there.

    I am guessing I have to do more than simply putting the card in....installing drivers, changing settings, etc.

    If this PC card will do the job for me, I won't have to buy a wireless card.

    My brother has a Dell Inspiron 1150 and it came with a wireless card. Therefore, he didn't have to install anything to use the Internet wirelessly.
     
  2. BlueZannetti

    BlueZannetti Registered Member

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    From the name of the card, it is for a wired ethernet connection running at either 10 or 100 Mbps. You'll need to spring for another card if wireless is the goal.

    Blue
     
  3. sonnyrizo

    sonnyrizo Registered Member

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    I've done some more reading and it turns out it NOT a wireless card.
     
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